Ericsson has been tapped by mobile service operator Tigo Senegal to drive its three years nationwide network modernisation project which would accelerate digitization in the expanding Senegalese market.

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle-East and Africa, said that the terms of the new three years deal cover over 1, 000 existing sites, including the latest Ericsson Radio System (ERS) technology.

Ibrahim said that the ERS technology would refresh legacy infrastructure, roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) across the country, modernise and expand Tigo’s mobile back haul network with Ericsson’s MINI-LINK.

He also said that Ericsson would provide Cloud Packet Core and Cloud Data Management and Policy solutions for the modernisation of Tigo’s core network to reduce operational expenditure and simplify the introduction of new user services.

Ibrahim said that additional solutions include Ericsson’s Mobile Packet Backbone Network (MPBN) and Operational Support System (OSS) migration to Ericsson Network Manager.

“Ericsson’s best-in-class LTE solutions will secure Tigo’s network performance and quality while delivering a differentiated experience to their subscribers.

“It will be improving both indoor and outdoor network coverage; Tigo will be able to deliver digital services including mobile data and mobile financial services across the entire Senegalese market,” he said in a statement.

Also, Mr Mass Thiam, the Chief Executive Officer of Tigo, said, “Senegal is on the brink of a huge digital transformation which will open up new business opportunities and revitalize the nation’s economy.

Thiam said that Tigo was partnering with Ericsson to rapidly upgrade their legacy network systems to deliver the quality, capacity and overall network performance that their subscribers demand.

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